| Mar 7, 2014
Re "Waiting for 'Years,'" March 4
When a significant segment of the American experience can be artfully portrayed as slavery was in "12 Years a Slave," perhaps we have matured enough to embrace other significant parts of our history.
| Mar 17, 2014
| 3:12 PM
One of my favorite blooper items involved a Florida writer who won a Toastmasters competition in St. Augustine, Fla., with her speech about the wonders of the five presidential likenesses carved on Mount Rushmore.
"What talented sculptor produced...
| Mar 21, 2014
Marc Newman, an actor, singer, dancer and history teacher nicknamed "Myster History," recently performed "The Lincoln Conspiracy" for residents of the Five Star Premier retirement facility in Boca Raton.
"The key characters in the conspiracy planned...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 1:21 PM
Orland Park Public Library trustees are re-voting on all actions taken at a February meeting where board members decided to uphold the library's controversial computer policy after several patrons accused library officials of violating the Open Meetings...
| Mar 29, 2014
The American Civil War was not the first armed conflict to become the subject of the camera.
But it was the first to generate large numbers of pictures, then shape both history and the public's awareness of what happened on the battlefield through the...
| Mar 23, 2014
Long before President Barack Obama rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin for grabbing Crimea, supposedly to protect ethnic Russians, another Illinois politician similarly castigated a potentate for being trigger happy and sticky fingered.
| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:25 PM
A new survey ranks Virginia as the top state for shipyard jobs, and it's not even close.
The state leads the nation with more than 63,000 jobs related to shipbuilding, repair and maintenance, according to 2011 data consolidated from several studies...
| Mar 26, 2014
The president of Harvard was not especially interested, in the spring of 1896, in having his school's athletes compete in the first modern Olympics, which is why Glastonbury native Bill Hoyt had to feign illness and drop out of college to go to Athens....
| Mar 24, 2014
| 7:15 PM
Much fuss has been made about the sexually-charged content of Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour, but the pop star is thoughtful enough to include a parental advisory label among the show’s visual diversions.
Of course, that warning came too late for...
| Mar 24, 2014
Even in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5 a.m., while waiting to be seen after a fall, my 92-year-old dad knew a straight line when he heard one.
"Are you comfortable?" a nurse asked, propping him up with a pillow.
"I make a...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 8:20 AM
If you also happened to be stuck behind the world’s most infuriating stretch-limo driver on the 395 exit to Biscayne before the Miley Cyrus show in Miami Saturday night, it was hard not to be enchanted by the nearby sight of the Adrienne Arsht...